Basic science

Video of the week: Richard Bradt’s “A fracture mechanics view of the practical strength of glass”

By / June 8, 2011

[flash mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/bradt_strength_of_glass.jpg}] Organizers of the Glass & Optical Materials Division’s 2011 meeting invited veteran materials engineer Richard C. Bradt to address the topic of glass strength. Bradt, the Alton N. Scott Professor Emeritus, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Alabama, covers a lot of territory in a presentation he entitled, “A fracture mechanics view…

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Chalcogenide phase-change memory materials for high-speed, low-power data storage

By Eileen De Guire / June 6, 2011

Ohio University graduate student, Chandrasiri Ihalawela discusses his work on telluride-base phase change memory materials with SVRNL’s Kevin Fox. Last week the University of California, San Diego announced that a group from its computer science department will be demonstrating a data storage system based on phase-change memory materials at the Device Automation Conference 2011 taking…

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New solar materials opportunities: glass frontsheets, anti-reflective coatings

By / June 3, 2011

Credit: SolarWorld. A lot of attention is paid to making photovoltaic modules more cost-effective by reducing the costs associated with the active materials, and, indeed silicon prices seem to be dropping (with estimates of somewhere between 5 and 7 percent for the first quarter of 2011, after similar drops in 4Q 2010) despite double-digit growth…

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Video of the week: Ash, sand-resistant thermal barrier coatings and novel test rig

By / June 2, 2011

[flash mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/osu_turbine_coatings.jpg}] Apropos to the latest round of ash clouds spewing from the EyjafjallajökullI volcano, plus indications that some utilities are going to be building new high-temperature fast-cycle gas turbines for peak electrical power generation, we offer this video that expands on a story I first wrote about in April. It regards an…

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Ceramics and glass business news this week

By / June 1, 2011

Here’s what we are hearing: AGC to build new plant in Brazil AGC, Japan, is set to move into Brazil’s construction and automotive glass markets, investing 40 billion yen (about $470 million) in an industrial state-of-the-art glass complex in São Paulo state. The plant will produce float glass, mirrors, coated glass and automotive laminated and…

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Energy Frontier Research Centers to showcase work on ‘grand challenges’

By / May 24, 2011

Credit: DOE The next few days should be fun for materials scientists and engineers. Tomorrow (May 25) begins the start of a three-day meeting where participants in the DOE’s 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers will begin the initial reporting-out (at least to the public) about what kind progress they have been able to make. There…

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SRNL’s John Marra speaks to GOMD about materials for nuclear energy and impact of Fukushima incident

By Eileen De Guire / May 23, 2011

Credit: Eileen De Guire; ACerS As announced in an earlier post, John Marra, chief research officer at Savannah River National Lab spoke at the conference dinner at the annual meeting of the Glass and Optical Materials Division on May 17. The title of the talk was “Beyond Fukushima: Advanced materials to enable enhanced nuclear power…

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Fractured plans: After $10M expenditure, tempering problems lead to abandonment of 1 World Trade Center’s prism glass façade

By / May 20, 2011

Architectural representation of 1 World Trade Center lower section design: Credit: SOM Architects. Although it seems that the decision actually was made several weeks ago, news is just now starting to bubble up about how officials managing the development and construction of the new 1 World Trade Center building in New York City have axed…

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SRNL’s John Marra to address advanced materials lessons from Fukushima nuclear accident

By / May 6, 2011

Marra The ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division is holding its annual meeting May 15-19 in Savannah, Ga., and I just learned that nuclear energy materials expert John Marra has agreed to do a special and timely presentation about Japan’s nuclear power accident at the conference dinner May 17. Marra, the chief research officer of…

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When applied to venous stasis wounds, borate glass nanofibers (above) developed at Missouri S&T and produced by the Mo-Sci Corporation appear to speed the healing process in a recent 12-person human trial. Credit Peter Wray; ACerS. (click image for high-resolution version)

Videos of the week: Successful wound healing with borate glass nanofibers

By / April 28, 2011

As reported on in the just-published May issue of the Bulletin of The American Ceramic Society, the Mo-Sci Corporation recently announced its development of a novel and inexpensive wound care pad — composed of borate glass nanofibers — that helped speed the healing of venous stasis ulcers in a majority of patients enrolled in a…

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